ARTICLE: More transparency is needed in moderation

The article by Anders Sundnes Løvlie, of IT University of Copenhagen, Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, of University of Oslo and Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, studies users’ attitudes towards editorial control in online newspaper comment fields after the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. The data is from a survey of participants in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Participation not important to audience

What do citizens think of citizen journalism? Michael Karlsson and Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University and Lars Nord of Mid Sweden University used a survey and focus group interviews to explore and measure citizens’ views on user contributions in different parts of the journalistic process in Sweden. According to the results, the respondents do not … Continued

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ARTICLE: News editors hold simplistic views of citizen journalism

Most US news editors define citizen journalism only through a single qualifying factor, write Deborah S. Chung and Seungahn Nah, both of University of Kentucky, with Masahiro Yamamoto, of State University of New York. The authors surveyed 142 American “top editors” -executive editors, editors-in-chief, and the like- who were all asked to define “citizen journalism”. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Bloggers seen both as competitors and auxiliaries

The way sports journalists view sports bloggers is not unanimous, Simon McEnnis writes. McEnnis is a lecturer at the University of Brighton, and a former sports journalist. He interviewed seven UK sports journalists over their perceptions of and attitudes toward sports bloggers. The interview results can be described as falling into two broad categories, seeing … Continued

ARTICLE: Objectivity, diversity and participatory journalism

New article by Merel Borger and Anita van Hoof, of VU University Amsterdam, and José Sanders, of Radboud University Nijmege explores the assumptions that news organizations and journalists have about audience input. The authors conducted a content analysis of five different examples of participatory journalism in the Netherlands between 2010 and 2014 and examined the contents … Continued

ARTICLE: Blurring the boundaries between journalism and activism

Lindita Camaj, of University of Houston, has studied the collaboration between Bulgarian non-governmental organizations (NGO), Access to Information Programme (AIP), and local news media in lobbying for Freedom of Information right (FOI) in Bulgaria. The article explores how the relationship between journalists and civil society actors is negotiated in cases when they both serve a common public … Continued

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ARTICLE: Local US TV stations embrace user generated content

A vast majority of news directors at local, American television stations view user generated content (UGC) favourably, write Rita Colistra and Eva Buchman, both of University of West Virginia, with Kevin Duvall, an independent scholar. The authors surveyed a total of 59 news directors over their thoughts on UGC and their stations’ UGC policies. Most … Continued

ARTICLE: Reciprocal journalism on social media

Study by Jacob Groshek, of Boston University and Edson Tandoc, of Nanyang Technological University, analyzed Twitter activity around the Grand Jury decision in the death of Michael Brown in Missouri. The authors analysed over 4.2 million Tweets about the protests. The study found that legacy journalists had a great number of followers, but based on activity on Twitter, … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalism training empowers the marginalized

Providing the marginalized with citizen journalism training can result in personal empowerement, write Ann Luce, Daniel Jackson, and Einar Thorsen, all of Bournemouth University. The authors arranged training courses for disabled and homeless people, and interviewed them over their experiences. A variety of reasons complicated the training. Notably, the trainees often had low self-esteem and … Continued